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Google’s Android platform (s goog) has gobbled up marketshare and is now an app downloading machine. But it hides the fact that the apps on the platform are often not as polished or usable as their counterparts on other platforms. Now, Google seems to be getting serious about changing that.

Thursday, it introduced a new Android Design site aimed at helping developers learn the principles and best practices for building awesome apps. The portal, the first style guide ever introduced for Android, will feature a load of documents for educating developers on styles, patterns and building blocks that go into world-class apps. This comes following the release of Android 4.0, which includes an enhanced UI framework with new interactions and looks, which Google believes can produce more beautiful apps.

This is part of a larger push by Google to improve the quality apps on Android. Android is bearing down on…

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